Passive house systems are widely considered a trend and has been the craze in the recent years. This is a multifunctional system that incorporates the means to create or transform water into electricity. Since they use rainwater, there is no need for additional sources of water like the wells and storage tanks.
There are several uses of this type of system, which includes: keeping wet walls dry, retaining heat in building exteriors, providing cooling and heating and even creating and utilizing a natural source of energy. The advantages of this system are not only financial but also environmental and economical.
When the sun is shining for a period of time and there is no heat from the heating system or other source, a variety of structures can be maintained in one place – house can stay in the same place year after year. An effective use of rainwater energy is a fantastic way to achieve this.
When you build a new passive house, the initial cost is relatively low. The quality of construction is of high standard. But there are some long-term cost issues as well.
The building costs include the purchase of materials, renting the land where the building will be constructed and also commissions for building contractors. In addition, there is the initial cost for the foundation, roofing materials, the materials to construct walls and also roofing materials.
The most expensive time of the year is the rainy season, which is usually between December and March. The best months to use this system is during these rainy seasons. During the peak summer season the solar collector and hot water heater system will be on full power so you don’t need to worry about operating costs.
Most of the systems utilize an inverter that turns DC to AC. Thus it is referred to as a passive solar collector.
But what is the catch? You can’t really enjoy the benefits of the system at night because the electrical power in the building is switched off when the sun is out. The rainy season is a total waste if the sunlight doesn’t reach the building.
You can definitely build your own solar panels at home to tap the sun’s energy. Make sure that you know how to handle the raw materials and ensure that you get a good deal. To fully utilize the use of rainwater in the building of the solar collector, you need to calculate the volume of rainwater that will fall in the rain season.
At the end of the day, building your own system at home will be very cheap and very beneficial as far as the price of the solar collector goes. If you need, you can also get an installation company to install the entire set of parts which you already have.
Unlike passive house systems where you will have to pay an agent or a contractor, it will be far cheaper to build your own set of parts for your solar collector. The next step is to find the right instructions for assembly and you can do it at home. If you buy a guide from the company that provides you with installation services, it will save you money.
Before you start working on the project, you should make sure that you have the required tools and equipment like an electric drill, wrench, pliers, crescent wrench, saw, hammer, carpenter’s square, measuring tape, etc. It may sound like a lot but a small investment is always worthwhile.